Holiday Meditation

When the holiday spirit gets lost and you feel as if you're hanging by a Christmas ornament hook, find a quiet spot, close your eyes and let your awareness drop into your chest. Breathe naturally, not trying to control the breath, just observing without judgement.  Sitting in an upright and comfortable position, follow your breath coming in and out through your heart. Allow each inhale to soften the inner space of your heart. Visualize a warm flame resting at the center of your chest and feel it's glowing presence. With each exhalation, the flame grows and radiates light throughout your body- front, sides and back. Continue watching the flame; inhale and it glows, exhale and watch it radiate. Keep softening and relaxing your inner heart and watch the glow of your inner flame spread throughout your body and spill out into the room.


5 Steps for Creating a Mindful Holiday Season

To nourish your spirit during the holiday season, focus on supporting others less fortunate than yourselves. Now is the perfect time to practice selfless service and giving. Even when we feel as if we are staring down a list of financial hardships, there are always those less fortunate. As the economy tumbles up and then down, we can find peace and support by helping each other.

  1. Honor yourself, your neighbors and planet Earth by choosing nonviolence toward yourself and everyone around you.

  2. Follow your heart. Learn to listen to yourself through meditation.

  3. Contemplate how much you already have and what you really need. Are there things you think you need in your life to make you happy, or do you already have plenty? Cultivate gratitude for all that you have.

  4. Before you indulge, whether it's at home alone- or a room full of people, keep your thoughts in the present moment. Take time to consciously think about your motivation to spend or eat too much during the holidays.

  5. Be flexible in mind, body and spirit. Try not to be constrained by rigid schedules, and to go with the flow of life. Be open to all the possibilities during this season of celebration.

Giving can be more rewarding than receiving- open yourself to the possibilities!


Is Your Holiday Glow Contentment or Overload?

During the holidays, it's easy to feel overloaded and miss out on the reason for the season- connecting with others. Our struggling economy, endless encouragement to take advantage of great shopping deals, and family pressures can lead to a holiday season that is the least peaceful time of year. Managing the holiday season is a real test of what we have learned through our yoga practice. Dedicate some quiet time now, before the rush gets intense, for some meditation on what the holidays really mean to you and your family. What activities support that meaning? Spend some time designating priorities that will make the holidays fulfilling for YOU. Looking into the past, what would you do differently this year to infuse contentment to the season? Use this meditation as a rehearsal- visualize yourself moving through shopping, entertaining and socializing slowly and consciously. Schedules often break down during the holidays and we eat and drink more. Become more supportive of how you apply yoga in your life. Include a simple stretch while waiting in line shopping, practice breath awareness when contemplating whether to purchase an expensive item; or spend a few moments with an empty mind at your desk. If at all possible continue your regular yoga practice to stay flexible in mind, body and spirit. Share with us what you do to create a contented holiday glow for you and your family, and what annual traditions your family has in place to warm the season!


Top 10 Holiday Gifts For Your Yogi

Here is our list of the top 10 items that will help wrap up a happy holiday this season. 10.  Soy candles and fine quality teas from Treasure House Gifts. 9.  Organic/gourmet food items from Gateway Market. 8.  Yoga Journal magazine subscription. 7.  Chakra balancing body sprays from Aveda at Vesta Salon & Spa. 6.  Exotic loose tea from Gong Fu Tea in the East Village. 5.  Inspired gifts for creating your sacred space from Sanctuary. 4.  Indu Lotion, nectar of the moon. Handmade with mantra. In-stock at balance yoga lounge. 3.  Chakra balancing massage at Vesta Salon & Spa. 2.  Hypnotherapy sessions with Palmer Boyle to uncover your authentic self.   1. balance yoga lounge gift certificates!  What mind/body/spirit gifts would YOU like to receive from Santa this Christmas?


Get to Know Yourself With Hypnotherapy

The future is always uncertain, but current economic conditions and the fast approaching holiday season make this the perfect time to reconnect to your higher self and inner strength to set priorities.

Palmer Boyle, Actualizing Performance Hypnotherapy

Learn to listen and trust your natural intuition through hypnotherapy with Palmer Boyle in this one hour workshop at balance yoga lounge.

One hour hypnotherapy workshop, $35

Join us on Sunday, November 9 from 8-9pm (immediately following the 6:30pm class). Cost for this workshop is $35 AND lounge members who bring a friend receive a 20% discount.

Please preregister for this event

Contact Palmer through his website or contact the lounge to preregister.


Eimers Receives RYT Designation

Sandy Eimers has completed her studies to receive the designation of registered yoga teacher (RYT) by the authority of the national Yoga Alliance. The Yoga Alliance is a non-profit organization that maintains a list of yoga instructors that exceed specific standards of education and experience. Eimers worked towards her RYT status under the supervision of Darryl Olive, director of programs at KCFitness Link. "Sandy has a great passion for yoga and it was our pleasure to award her RYT status at the completion of her training," said Olive in regards to Eimers' dedication. KCFitness Link is an educational center that focuses on yoga and fitness education, nutrition, personal training, massage and corporate wellness, located in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Thinking About the Past Year

Just thinking about the past year can leave me a bit drained. Although there are many exhilarating moments nurturing a new business from conception to it's first anniversary, the price includes losing all semblance of personal balance. It's difficult to not feel a swell of guilt when I hear my voice reminding all of you how important it is to take time for yourselves and to live fully in the present; knowing that I couldn't keep the lounge alive if I took my own advice. As we charge full speed into our second year, I assure you the experience has been priceless. Every new student that joins us to learn and practice yoga has something unique to offer our community. Each of the smiling faces that arrive to class know that with mat in place; peace and tranquility are only one breath away. We currently have four dedicated yogis who are spending their free time learning more about yoga and taking careful steps down the path to becoming yoga students AND teachers. In 2009 we hope to offer additional class times and workshops, making it even easier for you to keep a consistent practice within your busy schedule and for me to transition from literally "living and breathing" yoga to living in balance through yoga! Thank you to all who have contributed in any way to the creation and continued success of balance yoga lounge. -Sandy


Entrepreneur People Interview

Sherry Borzo, owner of dsmBUZZ, recently interviewed Sandy for an episode of Entrepreneur People. dsmBUZZ is a grassroots initiative that exists to promote the efforts of locally owned businesses in central Iowa. Entrepreneur People is a podcast put on by dsmBUZZ 4-5 times per month in which Sherry Borzo picks various entrepreneurs and business owners to chat with. Here is what Sherry had to say about the interview:

Sandy was a terrific person to interview because she is in the early stages of her first year of owning a business. She has energy and passion for what she is doing. More than that, she practices what she offers so her drive comes from her core. Enjoy this great story of a small business in its first year coupled with inspiration on how to take charge of your own well-being the yoga way.

The interview is available to listen to below or you can visit the dsmBUZZ article. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mediaplayer.swf?displayheight=&file=http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wwwdsmbuzzcom/play_list.xml?show_id=225205&autostart=false&bgcolor1=#000000&bgcolor2=#0099FF&footercolor=#000000&buttontextcolor=#FFFFFF&creditcolor1=#CCCCCC&creditcolor2=#7BBAE6&creditcolor3=#FFFFFF&bufferlength=3&volume=80&corner=rounded&callback=http://www.blogtalkradio.com/FlashPlayerCallback.aspx